In a pair of corresponding roster moves, the Angels recalled second baseman Grant Green and optioned relief pitcher Dane De La Rosa to triple-A Salt Lake on Friday.
The club also reinstated infielder Ian Stewart from the disabled list and optioned him to Salt Lake.
“He gives us a versatility, certainly gives us a good bat and some speed off the bench,” Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said of Green before Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers. “He’s playing at a high level down there, so he’s a good fit for us right now.”
In 67 plate appearances with the Angels, Green’s hitting .359 with four doubles. His ability to play multiple positions might be his most valuable asset at this point, though.
“This weekend, we’ll see how Grant fits in as far as getting him at-bats, but I think the bench depth is important, and his ability to play left field and second base will help us,” Scioscia said. “His versatility is important.”
Scioscia also announced that Matt Shoemaker will be Sunday’s starter. Shoemaker has been used as both a starter and reliever this season, but Scioscia said he was pleased with the right-hander’s last outing, a 10-strikeout, two-run outing against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday.
“Shoe is throwing the ball very well,” Scioscia said. "We went against a real strong Cleveland club and he pitched a very strong ballgame. We’re going to keep him on his turn, and we can evaluate him next week.”
As far as Stewart goes, he’ll be in Salt Lake for the foreseeable future. The 29-year-old hasn’t played with the Angels since May 11 after suffering a left thumb bruise, and was hitting just .176 before the injury.
“He’s been out a long time,” Scioscia said. “He’s got some work ahead of him.”
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